Katsuyori Shibata was putting on incredible performances until he was injured during his critically acclaimed match against Kazuchika Okada at the NJPW’s Sakura Genesis event in 2017. The injury was caused by Shibata’s repeated headbutts, and that caused Shibata to also experience some paralysis on the right side of his body. It was thought that he would never wrestle again, but the New Japan star appeared on AEW Dynamite last night and shocked the pro wrestling world. Shibata appears to be looking forward to more matches, and he has a couple in mind.

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Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio who Shibata wants to face in AEW. He also disclosed that AEW will be working on both of those matches, with one going down on Friday. Meltzer stated that Shibata is free this week, so that worked out with Rampage.

Shibata told AEW that he wanted two matches in AEW. Orange Cassidy and Bryan Danielson. So they are going to work on doing both of them. Obviously this was the first one. And he’s free this week, and so they made it this week.


Katsuyori Shibata appeared after Orange Cassidy successfully defended his All-Atlantic Championship on AEW Dynamite. Shibata came just in time to save Cassidy from a beatdown, who was about to destroy the champion. Shibata entered the ring as Cassidy tried to stand up.

The NJPW star pointed to Freshly Squeezed’s All-Atlantic Championship. Cassidy then offered him a contract, and Shibata signed it without any hesitation.

Shibata previously appeared at the Forbidden Door event. The NJPW star emerged to save Orange Cassidy from Will Ospreay. Let’s see if Shibata surprises us again this week. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Ringside News.

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